Priebus: Russians didn't help Trump win

2016-12-11 20:27
Reince Priebus in Bedminster Township. (Drew Angerer , AFP)

Reince Priebus in Bedminster Township. (Drew Angerer , AFP)

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Washington - President-elect Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff says it's "insane" to suggest that Russian hacking influenced the outcome of the US presidential election.

Reince Priebus said on Sunday the Russians "didn't tell Hillary Clinton to ignore Wisconsin and Michigan".

Priebus, who will step down as chair of the Republican National Committee, told ABC's This Week that Clinton "ignored states that she shouldn't have, and Donald Trump was the change agent... Donald Trump won in an electoral landslide that had nothing to do with the Russians".

The CIA has concluded with "high confidence" that Russia sought to influence the US election on behalf of the Republican.

Priebus said he supports further investigations. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers of both parties are calling for the issue to be examined.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden has said that Democrats didn't show enough respect to working class voters in last month's presidential election.

He said in an interview airing on CNN on Sunday that some people had been left behind in the current economy and "we never got a chance to speak to it in this election and I think we paid a price for it".

Biden also warned Democrats not to question the motives of many of those who voted for Trump: "These are good people man. These aren't racists. These aren't sexists."

Biden said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's plans to help voters, citing free college education as an example, got drowned out because the bulk of the debate was about "females and/or his boorish behaviour".

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